Countdown to our 30th Anniversary Function on 27 September
With our 30th Anniversary Dinner Dance now less than two weeks away, we are counting down the days to an eagerly anticipated night. The Irish Embassy in London together with the FAI will be represented on the evening and, subject to no late catastrophies, will be joined by some special guests. We are putting the final touches to arrangements and would encourage anyone who would like to attend, to make application via the attached link or by email to Rissclondon@hotmail.co.uk
Everton Irish anticipate Europa League action...18/09/2014
Everton's Irish quartet of Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady are eagerly looking forward to Thursday night's, opening Europa League Group H contest with German side VFL Wolfsburg, set for Goodison Park at 8.05pm.
U19 Women set for crucial 2015 UEFA Qualifier...18/09/2014
Our U19 Women take on hosts and group favaourites Sweden in their final and crucial 2015 UEFA Championship Qualifying Group Six contest at 1pm (Irish time) on Thursday afternoon.
Championship action for Irish hopeful tonight...17/09/2014
Derby County defender and captain Richard Keogh was in Championship action this evening when his club travelled to Blackburn Rovers and secured a three two victory. Fellow centre back, Shane Duffy, recently transferred from Everton, made his Blackburn Rovers debut, albeit for just a couple of minutes at the end of tonight's contest.
Fourth FAI Ford Cup semi-finalist decided tonight...17/09/2014
Finn Harps became the fourth semi-finalist in this year's FAI Ford Cup following their four one quarter-final replay victory over non-league outfit Avondale United in Finn Park tonight.
Senior Women complete qualifying campaign...17/09/2014
Our senior women completed their 2015 World Cup qualification programme this afternoon when they went down to a two nil defeat to Group winners Germany in Heidenheim. Ireland finished third in the group with Russia taking second place following their three one victory over Croatia.
Irish in Tuesday evening Championship action...16/09/2014
Tonight's Championship contest between Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday offered the opportunity to assess the goalkeeping merits of Darren Randolph and Keiren Westwood, as the visitors secured a two nil victory. Current incumbent David Forde travelled to Reading with Millwall, where he bumped into host striker Simon Cox, who found the net twice as the hosts secured a three two success. The talents of midfielder Wes Hoolihan were on view at Griffin Park, where Norwich City defeated hosts Brentford by three goals to nil. Meanwhile the Ipswich Town strike duo of Daryl Murphy and Ireland hopeful David McGoldrick played their part in the defeat of Brighton & Hove Albion, with Murphy scoring the second in a two nil victory. Former U21 striker Joe Mason, on loan at Bolton Wanderers from Cardiff City, scored a second half hat-trick as his side came from behind to defeat Rotherham United by three goals to two.
Another FAI Ford Cup quarter-final replay tonight...16/09/2014
The FAI Ford Cup featured another quarter-final replay, when Derry City scored a thumping five nil success over a much depleted Drogheda United in the Brandywell this evening.
Irish in Monday night Premiership action...15/09/2014
The Premiership meeting of Hull City and West Ham United which ended in a two all draw this evening had fewer than hoped for Ireland candidates. The only starter was home midfielder Stephen Quinn who was replaced by Robbie Brady just before the hour mark while another midfielder David Meyler was an unused substitute.
FAI Ford Cup quarter-final replay this evening...15/09/2014
The FAI Ford Cup quarter-final replay between Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers took place in Oriel Park this evening with the 'Hoops' coming from behind to score twice in the final nine minutes, through Karl Sheppard, to reach the semi-final. The sides face each other again in just five days time on Saturday afternoon in the EA Sports Cup Final, again in Oriel Park.
U19 Women continue 2015 UEFA Qualifying campaign...15/09/2014
Our U19 Women continued their 2015 UEFA Championship Qualifying Group Six challenge with a disappointing one all draw with Moldova in Kristianstad this afternoon. Ireland dominated throughout and took an eight minuite lead through Megan Connolly, but their failure to add to that goal was punished three minutes from time when Moldova equalised. The other Group Six contest between mini-tournament hosts Sweden and Montenegro resulted in a crushing twelve nil victory for Sweden in Trelleborg.
Championship contest attraction for Martin O'Neill...14/09/2014
Martin O'Neill was expected to make a fond return to the City Ground, scene of many illustrious occasions during his playing days, for this afternoon's Championship contest between Nottingham Forest and Derby County. The hosts had Andy Reid, a late injury withdrawal from our international squad last week, in their starting eleven but he was forced to withdraw before half-time. Richard Keogh was in central defence for the visitors. Sadly, a shoulder injury ruled out Jeff Hendrick and he is unlikely to recover in time for the Gibraltar and Germany qualifiers. Striker Leon Best, on loan with 'The Rams', may have caught the eye, as he scored the equaliser, in a one all draw, following his introduction on seventy minutes.
Minnows clash in FAI Ford Cup quarter-final...14/09/2014
The fourth FAI Ford Cup quarter-final took place in Avondale Park this afternoon between non-league side Avondale United and First Division visitors Finn Harps and ended in a one all draw. The sides will replay in Finn Park at 8pm on Wednesday evening.
Irish in Premiership action on Saturday afternoon...13/09/2014
Several members of last week's senior Ireland squad were involved in Premiership action this afternoon. Deadline hour loan signing Kevin Doyle made his Crystal Palace debut as a substitute on the hour mark, alongside surprise Ireland omission Damian Delaney, in their scoreless draw with newly promoted Burnley, for whom Stephen Ward was an unused substitute. Stoke City trio Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were in the starting eleven for the visit of another promoted side Leicester City, with the hosts surprisingly going down to the only goal. Everton trio, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady started in their two nil victory at West Bromwich Albion, while Darron Gibson was an unused substitute.
Saturday afternoon in the Championship for Irish...13/09/2014
Some members of the Ireland squad, which launched last week's successful raid on Tbilisi, were in Championship action this Saturday afternoon. Former club colleagues, Anthony Pilkington, now with Cardiff City, and Wes Hoolihan of Norwich City met in the meeting of two clubs relegated from the Premiership last season, which saw the visiting 'Canaries' overturn a two nil half time deficit to win four two, with Hoolihan on the scoresheet. Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy also found the net, as did international target David McGoldrick, as they defeated Millwall and goalkeeper David Forde two nil at Portman Road. Meanwhile Alex Pearce was in the starting eleven for Reading, who defeated visitors Fulham, for whom U21 full back Sean Kavanagh was a starter, by three goals to nil.
U19 Women commence 2015 UEFA Qualifying campaign...13/09/2014
Our U19 Women commenced their 2015 UEFA Championship Qualifying Group Six challenge with a three nil victory over Montenegro this afternoon. The other opening Group Six contest between mini-tournament hosts Sweden and Moldova ended three nil for the home side.